AUSTRALIA: Calls for US free trade agreement to go ahead despite farmers' reservations
A group of Australian exporters today [Wednesday] called for the proposed free trade agreement with the US to go ahead, regardless of whether Australia's politically influential farm lobby group is happy with the agreement. Premiers of the two countries talked last year about the advantages of a free trade agreement, although it could yet take years to negotiate. Australian Prime Minister John Howard conceded that the agricultural trade was likely to prove problematic during the negotiations.
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